Unasked ques­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“[This month] by a mar­gin of 53-40 [. . .] [the] Se­nate [. . .] con­firmed for­mer fed­eral judge Michael B. Mukasey as the 81st at­tor­ney gen­eral of the United States. Mukasey had ou­traged many law­mak­ers and hu­man rights groups by re­peat­edly re­fus­ing to clas­sify wa­ter­board­ing, a sim­u­lated-drown­ing tech­nique, as tor­ture.

“What was not fo­cused on [. . .] was the sen­a­tors’ fail­ure to find out what Judge Mukasey in­tends to do about rogue prose­cu­tors within the De­part­ment of Jus­tice [. . .] and how the dam­age they cause af­fects pub­lic con­fi­dence in the de­part­ment and its mis­sion.

“While Judge Mukasey’s an­swer on wa­ter­board­ing may be im­por­tant [. . .] of at least equal im­por­tance is whether Judge Mukasey would com­mit to tak­ing strong dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against overzeal­ous prose­cu­tors. [. . .]

“A once ob­scure topic, pros­e­cu­to­rial abuse has gained promi­nence in the minds of many Amer­i­cans as a re­sult of the Duke lacrosse case, and the ac­tions of the pros­e­cu­tor, for­mer Dis­trict At­tor­ney Mike Ni­fong.”

— Nathan Ta­bor, writ­ing on “Rogue Prose­cu­tors the Rule or the Ex­cep­tion?” Nov. 12 at The­Con­ser­va­tiveVoice.com

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